Wheatland, MO - Four drivers were named 2012 Lucas Oil Speedway Track Champions, a title coveted by each. Jeremy Kelly, Jason Russell, Marc Carter and Kris Jackson will be honored at the Lucas Oil Speedway Champions Banquet and Awards Presentation on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012. The Top 10 drivers in overall championship points will also receive special recognition, point fund money, contingency and other awards.
The ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models put on incredible and intense features, week after week. Jeremy Kelley from Walnut Grove, Missouri claimed the title by only 22 points over second place, Jason Russell. After rebounding from a serious back injury in 2011, Kelley's determination to be competitive was evident. "I want to thank my family for their support especially my mom and dad, sister and my wife. It was an up and down year for us switching cars halfway through the season, we had to overcome a lot of obstacles to figure out the new car. I want to also thank Chris Hitchcock for all of his help through the season," shared Kelley. This is his first ever Championship. Congratulations to Jeremy and all of the drivers who finished the season in the Top 10.
1. Jeremy Kelley
|Walnut Grove, MO|
|2. Jason Russell||Henley, MO|
|3. Tommy Cordray||Browning, MO|
|4. Larry Jones||El Dorado Springs, MO|
|5. Joe Walkenhorst||Lees Summitt, MO|
|6. Brandon Imhoff||Lake Ozark, MO|
|7. Phil Edmondson||Marionville, MO|
|8. Jon Binning||Warrensburg, MO|
|9. Kevin Coyne||Kingsville, MO|
|10. R.D. Peterson||Springfield, MO|
Jason Russell from Henley, Missouri pulled double duty all season long
at Lucas Oil Speedway. Russell raced both a Late Model and in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified Class. Jason had a stellar year in both cars, finishing second in the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models and claiming the top honors in his A-Modified. Russell also won the overall 2012 Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Late Model Championship. "Thank you to my car owners, Harold and Gail Strange for the modified and Lewis and Stephanie Murga for the Late Model. A special thanks to all of my family, crew and fans who came every week to support me. It was an exciting first year racing here, it was definitely a learning process but it was fun," stated Russell. Jason drives a GRT by Phillips and also thanks TPR for the support in 2012.
|Terry Schultz||Sedalia, MO|
|Jason Pursley||Wheatland, MO|
|Chase Jones||El Dorado Springs, MO|
|Tyler Brown||Richland, MO|
|Mickey Burrell||Fair Grove, MO|
|Colson Kirk||Urbana, MO|
|Jeff Cutshaw||Cross Timbers, MO|
|John Fellers||Flemington, MO|
|Jim Cihy||Warsaw, MO|
In the Carson's Corner NAPA Factory Stocks, Marc Carter from Warrensburg, Missouri topped a tough field of drivers. Carter has 10 total wins at various tracks in 2012. He has somewhere close to 75-80 wins in his career and multiple track championships in year's past at, State Fair Speedway, LA Raceway and Central Missouri Speedway. "Thank you to my family and all my sponsors for a good season," Carter said. Sundance Keepper of Everton, Missouri was the 2011 Lucas Oil Speedway Track Champion, Keepper settled for second in the points standings this year.
|Marc Carter||Warrensburg, MO|
|Sundance Keepper||Everton, MO|
|Johnny Coats||Joplin, MO|
|Chip Shaddox||Wheatland, MO|
|Randy Gilmore||Wheatland, MO|
|Burl Woods||Republic, MO|
|Mike Bitner||Frontenac, KS|
|Jay Prevete||Windsor, MO|
|Kenny Carroll||Camdonton, MO|
|Michael McGilvray||Wheatland, MO|
Kris Jackson from Lebanon, Missouri captured 9 wins at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2012. Jackson accumulated 22 total wins at tracks around the region. He earned the Championship title in the DJ's RV B-Modifieds ahead of Jeff Miller and Shawn Strong, who both also claimed feature wins in 2012. "I want to thank my wife and family for their support. Thanks to Jim Ruble for a great year in 2012. I look forward to working with Richmont Racing Engines in 2013. Also, I want to thank Dwight Brown with DJ's RV for putting up extra money throughout the season and Forrest Lucas for having a great facility and race track," commented Jackson.
|Jeff Miller||Hermitage, MO|
|Shawn Strong||Billings, MO|
|Scott Chism||Bolivar, MO|
|Colt Pruente||Verona, MO|
|Zach Zeugin||Fair Play, MO|
|Stacy Hall||Bolivar, MO|
|Tracy Manning||Wheatland, MO|
|John Haslock Jr.||Stockton, MO|
|Dustin Campbell||Nevada, MO|
The 2012 Lucas Oil Speedway Championship Banquet and Awards Presentation is open to fans, drivers and crews. Tickets are $20 at the door. Tables of 8 may be reserved in advance for $140. If you would like to attend the banquet, please RSVP by Monday, October 29, 2012 to LaRay at (417)282-5984. The banquet will be held at Citizen's Memorial Hospital - Community Room, located in Bolivar, Missouri. Door's open at 5:30 PM, Social Hour from 6 PM - 7 PM, Invocation at 7 PM with dinner to follow.
For complete event information and the latest Lucas Oil Speedway news visit: www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by Industry Insiders to be one of the top five Race Tracks in the Nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, about an hour north of Springfield and only about an hour and a half from Kansas City. Called "The Diamond of Dirt Tracks" Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title. Twenty one luxury suites, a giant HD Jumbo Tron Screen, Musco Sports lighting, a Bose Stadium Sound System, Go Kart Track for all ages, The Diamond Bar, the best track food in the country, and the nicest pits in dirt track racing are just a few of the amenities that set us apart. In 2011 the first Diamond Drag Boat Nationals were held on the new Liquid Quarter Mile, Lake Lucas.
Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest dirt track events in the Midwest featuring some of the biggest names in racing including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, The Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, Casey's General Stores USMTS Modifieds, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, ASCS Sprint Cars, and The Lucas Oil MLRA. New for 2012 the E3 Spark Plugs Monster Truck Nationals will also make an appearance in July.
In addition to the awesome special events, the Lucas Oil Weekly Championship Series features, the ALPS Food Stores Late Models, Pitts Homes A-Modifieds, Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks and the DJ's RV B-Modifieds. The National Race Media has called these shows, "some of the Best Weekly Racin' in the Nation!"
AAA Missouri- "The Official Auto Club" of the Lucas Oil Speedway
Bill Roberts Chevrolet- "The Official Truck" of the Lucas Oil Speedway
Canidae Pet Foods - "The Official Pet Foods" of the Lucas Oil Speedway
DART Machinery - "The Official Engine Components" of the Lucas Oil Speedway
E3 Spark Plugs - "The Official Spark Plug" of the Lucas Oil Speedway
GEICO - "The Official Insurance" of the Lucas Oil Speedway
General Tire - "The Official Tire" of the Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Products - "The Official Oil" of the Lucas Oil Speedway
MAVTV - "The Official Television Network" of the Lucas Oil Speedway
Optima Batteries- "The Official Battery" of the Lucas Oil Speedway
Speedco - "The Official Truck Lube and Tire Center" of the Lucas Oil Speedway
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Speedway
2012 Lucas Oil Speedway Supporters Include: AAA Missouri, A-1 Disposal, A & G Electric, Advanced Automotive Repair, ALPS Food Stores, American Broadband, American Racer Race Tires, Andy's Frozen Custard, Ash Grove Aggregates, Bank of Urbana, Bill Roberts Chevrolet/Buick, Buffalo Prairie Dental, Bridal Cave, Budweiser, Carson's Corner Napa Auto Parts, Casey's General Stores, Citizens Memorial Healthcare, Clearlight Inn, DJ's RV Sales and Service, Eibach Springs, Elite Auto Repair, Fast Shafts, Friendly Fuel America, Frog Signs, Gathering Place, Goody's Resort, Harbor Campground & Marina,Heart of America Beverage, Hermitage Lumber, Hoosier Racing Tires, Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps,inthepits.net, Lucas Cattle Company, MFA Bolivar, Midwest Low-E Insulation, Midwest Sheet Metal, Nemo Quarry, O'Bannon Bank, Old Kinderhook, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Ozark Harley-Davidson, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper, Petro Stopping Centers, Pitts Homes, Pitts Realty, Pitts Cattle, Racinboys.com, RacinDirt.com, Rains Ice Company, Rocky Top Marine, Ron Jenkins Accounting & Tax Service, Roush/Yates Racing Engines, SBU Athletics, Shadow Lake Golf, S & H Farm Supply,Sugarfoot BBQ, Sunflower Resort, Travel Centers of America, Triangle Quick Shop, TNT Quick Shop, Vickie and Tim's Pub & Grub, White's Marine Center